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Help Save A Trauma Patient's Life By Giving Blood During Trauma Awareness Month
Updated May 2, 2017 7:08 AM | Filed under: Health
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(UNDATED) - During Trauma Awareness Month in May, the American Red Cross urges the community to help ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients with traumatic injuries and other serious medical needs by donating blood or platelets.

According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions in the U.S. annually.

"A single car accident victim can need as many as 100 units of blood," said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for Red Cross Blood Services Indiana-Ohio Region. "In trauma situations, when there's no time to check a patient's blood type, emergency personnel reach for type O negative red blood cells and type AB plasma."

O negative red blood cells and AB plasma can be transfused into any patient, regardless of blood type, making donors with these universal blood types an important part of the Red Cross trauma team. Less than 7 percent of the population has type O negative blood, and only about 4 percent of the population has type AB blood.

Platelets may also be needed to help with clotting in cases of massive bleeding. Because platelets must be transfused within five days of donation, there is a constant - often critical - need to keep up with hospital demand.

"As a trauma surgeon, I know that a readily available blood supply can mean the difference between life and death for patients in the most serious situations," said Dr. Gregory J. Jurkovich, board chair, National Trauma Institute; fellow, American College of Surgeons; and professor and vice chairman, Department of Surgery, University of California Davis Health. "Blood products can only be provided by generous donors, so I urge you to roll up a sleeve and help save lives."

In April 2016, donated blood helped save the lives of couple Michael and Tracy Spinner of Kokomo, Indiana, after they were both injured in a motorcycle accident. The couple, both former EMA personnel and Howard Township firefighters, were airlifted to the hospital where they both needed blood transfusions to survive their injuries.

"We are so grateful to the blood donors who helped save Michael and Tracy," said Theresa Orberson, Tracy's mother. "We hope more people will give to help those in need."

Blood and platelet donors of all types are currently needed. Those who come to donate blood or platelets by May 14 will have a chance to win one of three $1,000 gift card shopping sprees from GiftCertificates.com. Donation appointments can be scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800- RED CROSS (1-800- 733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Lawrence County

Bedford

  • 5/8/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Leatherwood Christian Church, 3518 Leatherwood Road
  • 5/10/2017: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Indiana University Health Bedford, 2900 W. 16th Street
  • 5/27/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1010 22nd Street

Monroe County

Bloomington

  • 5/5/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Indiana University Cyberinfrastructure Building, 2709 East 10th Street
  • 5/6/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 5/9/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Hearthstone Health Campus, 3043 North Lintel Drive
  • 5/10/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 5/11/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 5/13/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 5/17/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 5/19/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 5/20/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 5/24/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 5/25/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 5/27/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.
  • 5/31/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St.

Morgan County

Martinsville

  • 5/22/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., South Central Indiana REMC, 300 Morton Ave

Owen County

Spencer

  • 5/16/2017: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., The Connection A Community Church, 371 W. State Highway 46

Brown County

Nashville

  • 5/26/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Brown County YMCA, 105 Willow Street

Bartholomew County

Columbus

  • 5/5/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., La QUINTA, 101 Carrie Lane
  • 5/6/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Terrace Lake Community Church, 4260 W. 200 S.
  • 5/12/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., La QUINTA, 101 Carrie Lane
  • 5/18/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., La QUINTA, 101 Carrie Lane
  • 5/24/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., First Christian Church, 531 Fifth street
  • 5/26/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Columbus City Hall, 123 Washington St.
  • 5/26/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., La QUINTA, 101 Carrie Lane

Hope

  • 5/15/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hope Moravian Church, 202 Main Street

Boone County

Whitestown

  • 5/13/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Boys and Girls Club of Zionville West, 5964 South 700 East

Delaware County

Muncie

  • 5/1/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Pruis Hall, McKinley Avenue
  • 5/23/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross Center - Muncie, 325 E Washington Street
  • 5/30/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Progress Rail, 3500 S Cowan Road

Hamilton County

Carmel

  • 5/20/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Carmel Ward, 11257 Temple Drive

Fishers

  • 5/30/2017: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., IU Health Saxony Hospital, 13000 East 136th Street

Henry County

Knightstown

  • 5/19/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., MainSource Bank, 120 E Main Street

Madison County

Anderson

  • 5/16/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ponderosa Steakhouse, 5009 S Scatterfield Road
  • 5/24/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., LivRite Fitness, 4018 Columbus Avenue

Marion County

Indianapolis

5/8/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 1510 North Meridian
5/11/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cummins Sales & Service, 2601 Fortune Circle, Ste 300C
5/17/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Renaissance, 225 South East Street, Suite 360
5/18/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., American Village Retirement Community, 2026 E. 54th Street
5/26/2017: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Lowes, 8002 North Shadeland

Jennings County

North Vernon

  • 5/2/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Mary's Church, 212 Washington Street
  • 5/31/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Walmart, 2380 N State Highway 3

Johnson County

Greenwood

  • 5/23/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Johnson County Library White River Branch, 1664 Library Blvd.

Marion County

Indianapolis

  • 5/19/2017: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Renaissance, 2115 E. Southport Road

Vigo County

Terre Haute

  • 5/31/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Union Hospital, 1606 North 7th Street

How to help

Eligible donors can learn more, find a donation opportunity and schedule an appointment by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800- RED CROSS (1-800-733- 2767). A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can save time at their donation appointment by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for- profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.



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